At Josh, we spend a lot of time focused on technology. More specifically, we are developing technology intended as a tool to make people’s lives easier in their homes. Today, you can find Josh installed in some fantastic homes throughout the country. We excel at improving the day to day quality of life for this small subset of the population, but what about those who have no home?
While our product is not likely to directly improve these people’s lives, contribution of our time as a team can be extremely impactful. As a company, we understand the importance of giving back where we can. In fact, Josh has previously been involved in STEM and youth outreach events.
One of our team members brought up the opportunity for a group of 6 to prepare and serve dinner at Urban Peak Youth Shelter near our Denver office. Urban Peak Youth Shelter provides everything from housing to education and employment assistance for the youth aged 15–24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Meals are prepared and served to the youths by external volunteer groups. There was enough interest across the Denver Josh team to be able to participate on two separate nights, with a total of 10 participants. Ultimately, we prepared two full meals and served them directly to these youths in need, all without any kitchen mishaps from these would-be amateur chefs. It was extremely rewarding to be able to serve these groups, because even something as small as a meal makes a difference in their lives.
While the principal motivation for volunteering was to give back to struggling members of our community, it also turned out to be a great opportunity for team bonding. Preparing smothered burritos in a completely foreign, commercial-grade kitchen with your coworkers has a bonding influence that just can’t be achieved back in the office. No matter what stage your company is in, there are ways you can give back to your community, be it a donation of money, product, or time. We will certainly be participating in more of these events in the future.
Kevin contributes to device integration and backend development. He received a B.S. in Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from . After graduating, he worked at Rincon Research Corporation Outside of work, he enjoys brewing beer, playing guitar, and getting outdoors to hike and snowshoe.